CD 72025

Sixten Ehrling, Danish National Orchestra - Carl Nielsen

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Symphony No. 3, Opus 27 ("Sinfonia Espansiva")
Susan Burghardt, Soprano
Ralph Basett, Baritone

Maskarade Overture


Danish National Orchestra

Most associate the era of the great radio orchestras with England's BBC Symphony, founded in 1930 and conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, or with Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony of the Air, begun in 1937.  While broadcasting was still in its infancy, however, a modest-sized ensemble in Copenhagen began to broadcast live classical music to its radio listeners.  That auspicious start was on April 1, 1925.  Now, sixty years later, the Danish National Orchestra bears the distinction of being one of the oldest existing radio orchestras of the broadcasting age.

Since its founding, the Danish National Orchestra has hosted the most prestigious of guest conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Vaclav Neumann, Rafael Kubelik, Leopold Stokowski, Fritz Busch, Nicolai Malko, Albert Wolf, John Pritchard, Carl Schuricht and Sergiu Celibidache, among others.

The Danish National Orchestra also bears the unique distinction of having had the "Musical Monarch," King Frederick IX, regularly conduct performances of the orchestra in the presence of the royal family and close friends until his death.   The Danish National Orchestra has always enjoyed the patronage of the royal family.   The first American tour in 1956 and the second American tour in 1958 were under the Royal Patronage of King Frederick IX, and the 1984 tour was under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.

Eugene Ormandy, distinguished conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra, began a series of brilliant successes in Copenhagen as guest conductor of the Danish National Orchestra.

With a repertoire that spans the classics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the orchestra also features the works of the Danish masters, first and foremost those of Carl Nielsen.


"Ehrling's rhythmic scansion and projection are in the Toscanini-Reiner category."
- Fanfare

About Sixten Ehrling